FRANZ SHIRO MATSUO aka “MISTAH SAIMIN”

Posted On May 27th, 2012 -

FRANZ SHIRO MATSUO AKA “MISTAH SAIMIN”

Age 93, of Aiea, Hawaii, passed away May 3, 2012 in Honolulu. Born March 24, 1919 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Shiro was the owner and founder of Shiro’s Saimin Haven w/locations in Waimalu, Ewa Beach and Waipahu. He was a proud graduate of McKinley High School’s class of 1937 and was inducted to the McKinley High Wall of Honor and the McKinley High ROTC Wall of Honor. He was active in community service, giving motivational speeches to Senior Citizens’ Clubs statewide, to various elementary schools, Rotary Clubs and other organizations. He served as a chef for Governor Burns. He was one of the first cooking instructors at Kapiolani Community College. He was one of the original instructors for the Weed & Seed Program in Ewa Beach. In 2007, he was invited to speak at Japan’s Waseda University. In 2003, he was proudly recognized as a Statesman of Goodwill by Governor Linda Lingle.

For over 30 years, he penned hundreds of original poems and sayings which he published weekly in Dining Out.

He is survived by son, Alan (Theresa) Matsuo; daughter, Linda Matsuo & Aaron Lee; 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.

Visitation 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 30) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Funeral Service 6:00 p.m. Casual Attire. No flowers, please.


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